Modi has made a ‘historic blunder’ by revoking Kashmir’s special status: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday Narendra Modi had made a “historic blunder” by revoking occupied Kashmir’s special autonomy and in doing so “he has opened the way to Kashmir’s freedom”.

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Addressing the nation, the premier said, “when I came to power, we wanted to solve it and bring peace. India and we share many problems; inflation, poverty, unemployment and climate change, etc.”

“So we wanted to be friends with everyone […] When I came into power, I made many overtures for dialogue [to India] but there were always some problems.

PM said,”on August 5 they sent additional military troops in Kashmir and announced that it was now part of India. This was against the vision of their founding fathers and UN resolutions.”

The prime minister said it was the policy of his government to have peaceful relations with other countries including India and Afghanistan.

“I told India we would take two steps forward if they took one. Our main issue was Kashmir. But every time we brought up dialogue with India, they diverted from the issue and levelled allegations against Pakistan.”

According to the premier, after the Pulwama incident, India blamed Pakistan. Islamabad was waiting for the situation to change in New Delhi after the elections, however, after the elections India tried to blacklist Pakistan in FATF, he added.

“We then decided not to talk to them and realised they were on another agenda. Then on August 5 they annexed Kashmir and decided that it was now a part of Hindustan. They violated the UN resolutions and their own constitution and supreme court decisions.”

He said it was important for the public to understand the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party — said to be a parent organisation of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — of which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a member.

The premier stressed that the real ideology of the BJP was that of the RSS. Elaborating on the RSS ideology, the prime minister said it was centred on hatred for Muslims.

“The founding fathers of the RSS believed in fascist, racist ideologies and killed Mahatma Gandhi after independence. After seeing this ideology Quaid-e-Azam took part in the Pakistan movement.”

It was the RSS ideology which was ruling over India now, PM added.

“They (RSS) believe that Hindus are supreme and others are second-class citizens. They have a fascist ideology, they have been sidelined by India’s past government as a terrorist organisation.”

“They were the ones who assassinated [Mahatma] Gandhi for trying to promote Hindu-Muslim unity. After [former prime minister Jawaharlal] Nehru’s death, the RSS ideology started gaining ground.

“This was the ideology that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah saw and worked towards the creation of Pakistan. Our ideology is based on the Holy Quran and believes in the protection of minorities; RSS has the opposite mindset.”

Prime Minister said Modi had made a “historic blunder” by revoking occupied Kashmir’s special autonomy and in doing so “he has opened the way to Kashmir’s freedom”.

“We received information that they were planning a false-flag operation like what they did in Balakot, to divert attention from occupied Kashmir.

“We won on the diplomatic front; we internationalised the Kashmir issue, talked to heads of states, their embassies [and] the UN Security Council called a session on Kashmir for the first time since 1965. We also kept raising this for the international media to report and they picked this up.”

The premier’s speech comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met at the G7 in France today.

PM Khan briefed the nation on the current state of affairs in occupied Kashmir which has been under lockdown since August 5 since when New Delhi scrapped Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which conferred it a special status.

Hundreds of political leaders have been detained by authorities since the move.

Last week, the prime minister warned the international community that the leadership of India would probably attempt a false flag operation to divert attention from the massive human rights violations and the unleashing of terror in occupied Kashmir.

The premier tweeted, “we are hearing India media claims that some terrorists from Afghanistan have entered IOJK [occupied Kashmir] for terrorist activities, while others have entered India’s southern regions.”

PM Khan added that these claims were predictable and being used to divert attention from India’s ethnic cleansing and genocide agenda in occupied Kashmir.

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